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November 2019

A Testimonial from Casicare

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I am writing to thank Johanna and the team at Elcons for the wonderful support and service given to Casicare as a new client. We have transferred to Elcon’s having a multiple of immediate needs as we had completed several changes in the way we operated our business.

As part of the introduction we have been given a personal and attentive service with expertise, solid advice and information that was clear and concise. We were introduced to our dedicated advisors and an insight into the philosophy and motivation of the company and how it works for a client.

In a short period of time we have reorganized our employment law arrangements with all our key managers trained and competent in current employment issues and legislation, new company handbooks, contracts and paperwork to every eventuality.

Complex issues have been dealt with effectively such as TUPE and preparation for Employment tribunals with expertise and have taken the burden off us with sound legal representation.

Professional in all aspect of their work and genuinely listen and understand the challenges of the Care sector. I would recommend anyone needing a straightforward approach with an understanding of the industry to consider Elcons. I have wasted too much time and money finding the wrong advice and now I’m satisfied I have found the best.


Janet Thompson.



150 employees – 2 Locations

Financial advisor was ‘blackmailed’ to sign restrictive covenant

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A financial advisor has won a claim for unfair dismissal after his employer made false allegations to pressurise him into accepting an extended restrictive covenant agreement and attempted to stop him joining a potential competitor, an ET has ruled.

The Nottingham ET found Peter Ward was constructively and unfairly dismissed by Fiducia Comprehensive Financial Planning after he claimed one of its directors “blackmailed” him, or threatened to do so, unless he signed an agreement lengthening his post-termination restrictive covenants.

The judge said: “While the term ‘blackmail’ may be somewhat emotive, there is no doubt that [Fiducia] made it clear to [Ward] that if he refused to sign the new draft agreement they would pursue allegations of gross misconduct against him which would undoubtedly tarnish his professional reputation.”

Flight attendant discriminated against following brain tumour

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Employers have been reminded of their duty to make reasonable adjustments after an airline was found guilty of discrimination because it failed to reassign a flight attendant into a ground-based role following a brain tumour.

A London ET unanimously ruled that Ryanair discriminated against and constructively dismissed Margita Dworak as a consequence of its “ongoing discriminatory treatment” in relation to her disability. It found the employer repeatedly ignored requests by Dworak for reasonable adjustments and reassignment to ground-based roles, and said that asking her to apply for suitable roles through an open, standard recruitment process amounted to “not making any adjustments whatsoever”.

Judge Tobin said the failure to provide Dworak with alternative work or adjust a role to accomodate her disability amounted to disability discrimination, and that Dworak’s resignation was not “because of her illness, nor did she resign for any other reason than [Ryanair’s] intentional and continuous failure to provide her with work”.

Turning job share into full-time role was unfair, tribunal rules

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An employee with a job share arrangement was unfairly dismissed and suffered indirect sex discrimination after her employer attempted to change her role to a full-time position, a Sheffield ET tribunal ruled.

Capita Customer Management Services indirectly discriminated against Mrs J McBride, who was employed on a permanent part-time basis, after it failed to provide evidence when it made her job full time that doing so would ensure the role worked most effectively.

Instead, employment judge Robert Little said it appeared to the tribunal that Capita “endeavoured to distance itself from the part-time/full-time dichotomy”, and that a reasonable employer would have fully tested if a part-time or job share arrangement could fulfil the requirements of the role.

Nurse unfairly dismissed following stress-induced sick leave

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A senior cancer care nurse was unfairly dismissed from his job in the NHS, and unlawfully discriminated against because of disability, an employment tribunal (ET) has ruled.

The Aberdeen tribunal found Mr J Horn – who developed a depressive illness in 2016 after feeling stressed at work during a period of staffing shortages – was unfairly dismissed on health grounds after he began a phased return to work following a long period of sick leave. It said his employer, the Grampian Health Board, dealt with the issue in an “insensitive and unreasonable” manner.

The ET found the health board made no consideration of Horn’s disability status during the process of dismissing him, which amounted to discrimination on the grounds of disability.